In today’s perilous landscape of brand survival, it is critical for designers to either disrupt themselves from a design perspective or to succeed by consistently staying in their lane. Calvin Klein is one such example of the latter. In his Fall 2016 RTW collection, Calvin Klein focused on the clean, minimalist aesthetic that has maintained his brand for decades.
With strong suiting, structured vests trimmed with fur, and fitted leather coats, Calvin Klein demonstrated that women still want to feel powerful in their dressing, albeit a bit more comfortably. The color palette was restricted to navy, black, white, and variations of animal skins with a few 3D ornamentations to boot.
The sophistication was ever-present as wide legged pants glided effortlessly on the runway and skirts sashayed below the knee with panache. Most models were largely covered-up, save for tiny circular cutouts with wood at the waist. A few pieces that were fully covered in the front were often open in the backs. A great deal of sex appeal was embraced without revealing too much skin.
This collection was all about the details. Fun elements included super furry gloves and metal de-constructed bags with pops of brightly colored fur. Subtle pinstripes defined sleek blazers and coordinating pants. The belts cinching each model were uncomplicated in a good way and the leather dresses swung as if made of silk.
There was an ode of sorts to nature – in the most obvious sense, the excessive use of fur, but also in the animal inspired materials and in the found objects (stones, wood) that were incorporated into the pieces. The presentation excelled in staying true to its brand identity and we couldn’t be more pleased.
What do you think of Calvin Klein’s Fall 2016 RTW Collection?